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What the...?  Can you guess what this is? Try and guess before scrolling down.

What the…? Can you guess what this is? Try and guess before scrolling down.

 

 

OK here is a clue

Maybe this will help a little?  Have you got it yet?

Maybe this will help a little? Have you got it yet?

Just look at the colours.  You won’t believe what they call this bird (oops gave that bit away)

Maybe this will do it?

Maybe this will do it?

Isn’t he gorgeous?

OK now you know for sure.

OK now you know for sure.

There you go.  This folks, is known as a Brown Pelican!  Brown!  I know the body is brown as apposed to the white variety – but seriously, what were they thinking in calling this multicoloured beauty merely brown.  I like brown, but come on have some imagination you ornithological naming authorities.

Here is my friend off to visit the fisherman again - you have to have hope

Here is my friend off to visit the fisherman again – you must have hope

When you only have your Sony HX200V camera, no special lenses and no tripod you really hope the birds will be cooperative.  Today was ‘cooperate with Rod’ day.  I wonder if that was on Marylin W’s calendar?

Our Brown Pelican sitting in beautiful Puerto Vallarta

Our Brown Pelican standing on the rocks in beautiful Puerto Vallarta (Conchas Chinas)

It’s a wonderful walk to the end of Las Muertos beach, then up the steps and over the rocks and around three small but gorgeous bays, and you come to La Playita restaurant in Conchas Chinas.  Between noon and 1 pm each day a fisherman in a kayak pulls up on the beach with his catch.  The pelicans start congregating an hour before he arrives and wait for their share. Along the way we stoop to pick up wonderfully coloured shells (all dead, no live creatures), and coloured beach-glass.  I love the way nature takes broken bottle glass and turns it into little gems – blue, green, amber, brown.

Today was a bonus we were accompanied by our friends Ron and Marilyn.  They hadn’t been to these beaches before.  It  added to our pleasure seeing these places again through new eyes.

It was a five-hour excursion and exertion, but worth every step (11,000 according to the pedometer), every rock and stair we climbed and every ache and pain this evening.  I hope you shared some of our enjoyment.

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